Bidco Africa has migrated its data to an in-memory computing platform SAP HANA Platform to ensure it can seamlessly integrate with legacy and non-legacy systems to enable them make accurate business decisions quickly and at scale.
The move is part of plans to speed up its operational processes to improve the delivery of products to customers.
According to Alkane Patel, the Chief Information Officer at Bidco Africa, it will also provide them with real-time visibility over critical business and operational data, regardless of geographic location. “Whether for our operations in Kenya, Uganda or Madagascar, we needed to stay connected to on-the-ground data and get an accurate view over the total business at any point in time. SAP HANA has real-time capabilities that will enable us to run our largest reports on-demand, while our overall data size has been reduced three-fold, greatly reducing backup times. Vitally, we now have complete visibility over the market dynamics impacting our various operations, and can make informed business decisions based on accurate, real-time information.”
Pedro Guerreiro, SAP Central Africa Managing Director said that by moving critical business data to SAP HANA and increasing visibility over the entire enterprise and ecosystem, Bidco Africa has taken bold steps to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise. “With the implementation of its technology roadmap and further integration of Innovative technology, Bidco Africa will maximise the value of its data insights, empower employees, enhance the customer experience and bring greater agility to its overall operations.”
The move comes at a time when two of the continent’s fastest-growing economies and household consumption set to grow by more than 55% between 2015 and 2025, with East Africa poised to solidify its place as one of Africa’s most important economic hubs.
For the manufacturers of some of the region’s most popular and loved consumer goods, it’s a good time to deploy some next-generation technology to enable it take advantage of East Africa’s immense and growing opportunities.
Bidco Africa is the leading manufacturer of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in East Africa, with over 50 brands across multiple product categories including Edible Oils & Fats, Hygiene and Personal Care and Food and Beverages.
Founded in Nairobi in 1985 as a soap manufacturing plant, Bidco Africa has grown steadily over the past 30 years to become home to some of East Africa’s most loved household brands. Its footprint spans across Tanzania, Madagascar, Uganda and Kenya, with aspirations to expand to other parts of Africa.